Polly is a song written and recorded by Nirvana for their album Nevermind. This is a really sad song that talks about the real story of the kidnapping happen to a girl while come back to home after a concert in the city of Tacoma in the state of Washington.
The name of the man was Gerald Friend and raped her in his van and after torture the girl with a razor, a blowtorch and a whip.
She can escape only when the man take her for a ride and he need to stop to get the gas. After the man was captured and go to the jail.
But for the Nirvana this episode was very very powerful. And resonate in their mind.
Here below we start to go deep inside the lyrics of this song that is always a great brick in the history of the band.

Lyrics

Polly wants a cracker
I think I should get off her first
I think she wants some water
To put out the blow torch

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself

Polly wants a cracker
Maybe she would like some food
She asks me to untie her
A chase would be nice for a few

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself

Polly said

Polly says her back hurts
And she’s just as bored as me
She caught me off my guard
It amazes me, the will of instinct

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself





Polly by Nirvana – The meaning

 Polly wants a cracker
I think I should get off her first 

This song is about the actual kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl. In 1987, she was returning from a concert in Tacoma, Washington when she was abducted by a man named Gerald Friend.

Polly was the invented name that Kurt Cobain use in the song.

Here is clear that the man sexually abuses her.

The easy way in witch he talks about her, seem to feel like if everything was normal.

The raper see her victim like a little pet behind the bars of a cage that need to eat and drink something.

 I think she wants some water
To put out the blow torch 

He took her back to his mobile home and raped her. The girl, whose name was not released, was tortured with a whip, a razor, and a blowtorch.

 It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
 

The firsts words of the chorus, seems like a way for the offender to blame himself for what he do.

This way to give seed to the victim can be intended in the way that he need to feed her with some food, but can be intended in a more sexual way, if we think about seed like the sperm.

The man, abuses sexually for all the time that the poor girl was in his hands.

Interesting is the part where he want to clip her wings.

Is like if he don’t want that she can be free.

But not only in that moment, but after and for the rest of her life too.

Can be a way to stop her from escaping, but can be a way to decrease the freedom of the girl forever.

The dirty wings are dirty because that not was what he ideally want for her.

 Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself
 

Here we can see the complete madness of the man.

She cries and screams searching to attracting attention from people that can help her.

But the man, instead see this act like a way for the girl to ask to him to continue the sexual abuse.

In the mind of the rapist, she want to do everything in the right way to please him.

And trying to stop him to do what he do.

 I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
 

 

Using this way to write this song, Kurt Cobain can go deeper inside the mind and the reason of the perversion of the rapist.

Yes, he use rope to block the girl, but in the first time he tell to her that he don’t want to use the ropes if was not necessary.

But the girl tries to escape and for the man this was another way to blame himself that have bonded the girl.

And the reaction to act in that way is the respect for the promise that he made first.

The promise to be true. In the bad way.

Starting with the tortures and the rape.

Another way to give to the girl all the responsability for the depravation and the mental illness of the man.

 Polly wants a cracker
Maybe she would like some food
She asks me to untie her
A chase would be nice for a few
 

 

So Polly need to eat and drink.

This seems a problem for the man that need to think about this type of things.

She ask to be untied. To stay more comfortable, but can be a way to try to escape from that madness.

In the mind of the man, this start like another fantasy.

With the girl that tries to escape after that he untie her.

Comfortably that she can’t really escape because she is under his control.

A sort of play. Like a cat with a little mouse.

 Polly says her back hurts
And she’s just as bored as me
he caught me off my guard
It amazes me, the will of instinct
 

This is a way for the girl to try to escape. Saying that her back hurting, maybe the rapist can be a little more off guard.

The way the two are bored, is a way to say that all the two are more near mentally.

But is only a way to escape and the man understands soon the true.

In the last lines he think about the way the mind of  man ( or  a girl ) can act.

The will of instict can be great. And lead a girl that is near the death, to his freedom.

That is the real ending of this sad story.

Conclusion

Is really hard to stay inside the mind of a person with a mental illness. A man that uses violence against other people in a coward way.

But Kurt made this in a great way. Staying always from the side of the poor girl.

And knowing that the real power of this story is in his happy ending.

Leave a comment or a different vision of the meaning of this song if you want.

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